It’s Friday. Let’s do this thang.

Crockpot Brown Sugar + Roasted Garlic Pulled Pot Roast Sandwiches I

This crockpot thang?

I don’t know. I’m ready for it.

This is a sort-of addition to my football food list, meaning I made these sandwiches over two weeks ago and intended to share them at the same time. But then, it was, like, 90 degrees. And these just seemed too warm. Too cozy and comforting and what not. Too everything involving sweaters and sweatpants and fleece.

I just needed to obsess over my corn and tomatoes a bit longer. To mourn their season finales. Give them one more good go before they hang up their hats.

You’d think food was a person or something.

But! Today it’s going to be in the 60s. Not sure I can even express my excitement. If I could live in an area where it was 60 degrees all year long, I’d be one happy soul.

Crockpot Brown Sugar + Roasted Garlic Pulled Pot Roast Sandwiches I

This pulled pot roast is a bit more high maintenance that plain old crockpot meals where you set it, leave it and serve it. But all you really have to do is roast some garlic, mash it up well, and toss it in at the end. It’s definitely one of those things that gets even more flavorful as it sits, if that is even possible – this kind of made my tastebuds explode.

The sandwiches are rather juicy, so you might choose to serve them on a firmer bun. And yes, of course my brain is full of incessant giggles when typing something like that out because I’m like a twelve-year-old boy mentally. I mean… of course.

But it’s true. Use a kaiser roll or something if you’re not into soggy buns. I love the soft rolls that I chose but by the end of the sandwich, the bread was drenched.

Sort of love it though – it reminds me of my mom putting leftover Thanksgiving turkey on a piece of white bread and smothering it in gravy. She still does it after the holidays and, wow… total comfort on a plate.

Crockpot Brown Sugar + Roasted Garlic Pulled Pot Roast Sandwiches I

You can also serve these with an array of cheeses or aiolis or vegetables or whatever toppings you would like. They aren’t exactly necessary since there is SO much freaking flavor right here, but it adds a little kick. Or some texture. You know, for all you freaks like me. Freak freak freak.

I’ll gladly be a freak if I can eat this all day.

Crockpot Brown Sugar + Roasted Garlic Pulled Pot Roast Sandwiches I


Crockpot Brown Sugar + Roasted Garlic Pulled Pot Roast Sandwiches

Yield: serves 4 to 6

Total Time: 8 hours


4 pound beef pot roast
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
1 teaspoon onion powder
1/3 cup loosely packed brown sugar
8 to 10 ounces beer
2 heads roasted garlic
your favorite buns or rolls for serving!


Sprinkle the pot roast evenly with the salt, pepper, paprika and onion powder and place the meat in the crockpot. Cover the top with the brown sugar, then add the beer to the crockpot and cover it. Cook on low for 8 hours. At some point during the 8 hours or before, roast the garlic. Squeeze out the cloves of garlic and mash them on a cutting board with a fork. Remove the lid of the crockpot and using kitchen tongs or forks, shred and pull apart the beef. At this time, I remove any large chunks of fat or gristle too.

Once the beef is shredded (I tend to mix and shred for 5 full minutes to really incorporate the liquid), add in the mashed roasted garlic. Stir the beef well to evenly distribute the garlic and make sure it is incorporated into the beef. Cover the beef and cook it on low for another 30 minutes.

You can freeze this and it also reheats well - just add a little liquid if needed.

Crockpot Brown Sugar + Roasted Garlic Pulled Pot Roast Sandwiches I

Gah. I just want a big, fat bite.

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120 Responses to “Crockpot Brown Sugar + Roasted Garlic Pulled Pot Roast Sandwiches.”

  1. #
    Jamie @lifelovelemons — September 13, 2013 @ 7:01 am

    Bring on the football food! I love using my slow cooker and will definitely be trying the pot roast recipe out soon! They look so tender and flavorful!


  2. #
    Belinda @themoonblushbaker — September 13, 2013 @ 7:02 am

    Nothing better than pulled pork! I am looking forward to stuffing it in some pretzel buns right now. I actually make ton of this and freeze it, so it pull pork time; all the time!


  3. #
    Averie @ Averie Cooks — September 13, 2013 @ 7:11 am

    Beer, brown sugar, the crockpot. We’re off to a good start! :)


  4. #
    Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat — September 13, 2013 @ 7:27 am

    Ugh it’s getting cold here too and I’m in denial that summer is pretty much gone! I love slow cooker meals though. Keep em coming!


  5. #
    Lauren @ The Highlands Life — September 13, 2013 @ 7:38 am

    I made a spicy pulled pork in the crockpot last month and it was such a hit among our friends. I love crockpot recipes that turn out so delicious.


  6. #
    Tieghan — September 13, 2013 @ 7:39 am

    Yeah, I want a big bite too! I have never seen pot roast served as a sandwich and I have no idea! This look killer!


  7. #
    Annie K — September 13, 2013 @ 7:53 am

    Very excited about this! Your crockpot beer BBQ chicken has become my go-to for large gatherings! Now I can add some beef!


  8. #
    Katie — September 13, 2013 @ 8:13 am

    It’s been sixty here all week. Makes me want to cry. But it also makes me want to break out the crock pot (and the brown sugar).


  9. #
    DessertForTwo — September 13, 2013 @ 8:31 am

    Wow, I love this! I love how you take familiar comfort foods and update them. Our couch will be seeing these sandwiches many times during football season!


  10. #
    Kylie @ immaeatthat — September 13, 2013 @ 9:19 am

    goodness why are your buns always the prettiest? Also, after seeing your recipe for roasted grape + goat cheese + honey + sweet potatoes (from like forever ago)…I FINALLY got around to roasting some grapes. And they were everything I hoped they would be. Not like brown sugar + pot roast + crockpot good but for a fruit, they were pretty good:)


  11. #
    Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs — September 13, 2013 @ 9:23 am

    My slow cooker definitely gets a workout in the


  12. #
    Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs — September 13, 2013 @ 9:25 am

    Oops! It gets a workout in the fall/winter — can’t wait to give this recipe a try!

    Have a great weekend!


  13. #
    Ashley — September 13, 2013 @ 9:41 am

    Just sent this to my dad. :)


  14. #
    Christine @ Cooking with Cakes — September 13, 2013 @ 9:44 am

    damn this looks tops, perfect football food indeed!!

    to keep it a little more low maintenance, I say just use already peeled garlic cloves for roasting. I’ve done it both ways (whole heads & peeled cloves) and really the results are the same, but with a lot less effort!!


    • Jessica — September 13th, 2013 @ 10:14 am

      i have tried this before but wanted to lose my mind peeling all of the cloves! like it was impossible to remove all of the paper from every clove before roasting. do you have a secret for doing it?? i am just impatience and lazy… ;)


      • Christine @ Cooking with Cakes — September 13th, 2013 @ 12:13 pm

        girrrrl I am just as lazy!! lol when I want to roast garlic but not struggle with full heads, my go-to is Trader Joe’s already peeled garlic cloves. They sell them in vacuum sealed packages so they’re really fresh – keep an eye out for them!

        • Jessica — September 13th, 2013 @ 1:25 pm

          whew! that makes me feel a lot better.

  15. #
    Kim in MD — September 13, 2013 @ 9:46 am

    I am so drooling over this right now!


  16. #
    Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) — September 13, 2013 @ 10:06 am

    Ugh—that’s IT, I need a freaking crockpot already! This is just cruel.


  17. #
    Florencia — September 13, 2013 @ 10:18 am

    This looks awesome! How can I make it without a crockpot?


  18. #
    Sarina — September 13, 2013 @ 10:48 am

    How would timing work fork cutting th recipe in half?


  19. #
    Jackie @ The Beeroness — September 13, 2013 @ 11:49 am

    I might punch someone in the face to have one of these. Don’t judge me.


  20. #
    Azlynn — September 13, 2013 @ 12:39 pm

    I am JEALOUS of the cool weather! It is still 95 here- we cool off to a chilly 80 at night. I am ready for fall. This recipe is a must- especially this weekend since I just bought a pork butt this morning!!


  21. #
    Larry — September 13, 2013 @ 12:44 pm

    Holy Mary, mother of GOD my mouth was watering as I was looking at the photos. Some melty cheesy sauce would be oh so delicious dreching those meat morsels. That sounded weird, but I”m keeping it.


  22. #
    Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness — September 13, 2013 @ 1:23 pm

    Oh my gosh. I need this in my belly now. I love love love pulled pork. And brown sugar. and roasted garlic. There is nothing about this I do not luuurrve.


  23. #
    Chrissie — September 13, 2013 @ 1:24 pm

    Ahhh I’ve been searching for a pulled pork crockpot recipe all week! You’ve saved the day. I plan on making it in a couple weeks for my husband’s birthday since he just wants to sit around and watch football all day. Perfect!


  24. #
    Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes — September 13, 2013 @ 2:27 pm

    60 is wayyyy too cold for me! I like to be warm! haha. This looks amazing and I use my crock pot ALL year round so I’m always looking for delicious new ideas :)


  25. #
    Judith — September 13, 2013 @ 3:18 pm

    I love, love, love roasted garlic. And in pulled pork? Ack, someone needs to keep the stuff away from me so I don’t gorge.


  26. #
    Christina — September 13, 2013 @ 3:35 pm

    Get in my belly! My crock pot and I are best buds. I will be making this soon!!


  27. #
    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — September 13, 2013 @ 3:43 pm

    You just put all my favorite words in one amazing slow cooker meal!


  28. #
    Marcie @ Flavor the Moments — September 13, 2013 @ 5:54 pm

    This is one perfect slow cooker meal for Game Day or any day!


  29. #
    Chelsea — September 13, 2013 @ 7:49 pm

    I am making these and your creamy feta dip for the first time tomorrow for a day of college football watching. My garlic-loving friend is going to looove them! Thanks for the great recipes!


  30. #
    Des — September 13, 2013 @ 8:07 pm

    I love everything about this. Every. Single. Thing.


  31. #
    Kiran @ — September 13, 2013 @ 8:47 pm

    This is just what we all need on a game day or everyday for the matter.


  32. #
    Annie @Annie's City Kitchen — September 13, 2013 @ 9:27 pm

    This is perfect boyfriend food. Of course, I’d eat the heck out of it too but dang, my boyfriend would looooveeee this.


  33. #
    Matt — September 13, 2013 @ 10:18 pm

    My question is, what kind of beer do you use? Regular or dark? Any recommendations?


  34. #
    Elizabeth @ Confessions of a Baking Queen — September 13, 2013 @ 10:28 pm

    Garlic, beer and brown sugar!! I want one of these sandwiches right now!!


  35. #
    Liane — September 14, 2013 @ 4:05 am

    It’s all cold and rainy in London right now, so I will definitely be trying this out. Looks similar to what I tend to make, but with a bit of a twist (and yummy twist). Bring on Monday!


  36. #
    Lucy @ Bake Play Smile — September 14, 2013 @ 4:53 am

    Oh this looks so ridiculously good! Thank you! This recipe will definitely be making an appearance at dinner in our house one night this week! :-)


  37. #
    Susan — September 14, 2013 @ 1:09 pm

    Quick question…did you actually use pork? I was thinking that, but you called it pot roast which usually is beef. I suspect it can be either, but I’m an old, old lady who likes what she sees and wants mine to be the same! (= It looks delicious on your firm bun! I want it soon…Thanks.


    • Jessica — September 14th, 2013 @ 2:04 pm

      nope, i used a beef pot roast!


      • Susan — September 14th, 2013 @ 3:37 pm

        That’s what it looked like. Thanks. I’ll bet either would be a treat!

  38. #
    Stephanie @ PlainChicken — September 14, 2013 @ 6:56 pm

    garlic & beer? I am in! Looks DELICIOUS!!


  39. #
    Vch — September 14, 2013 @ 10:13 pm

    I made this today…wow! Flavorful, tender, the roasted garlic…over the moon delish!!!

    Thank you for sharing.


  40. #
    AliSue — September 15, 2013 @ 9:24 am

    Loving the cooler weather & having my windows opened every morning! This looks amazing & will be our Saturday night dinner next week!


  41. #
    Susan — September 16, 2013 @ 6:35 am

    I’m probably too low on the comment roster to get a response, but we have a small pork loin in the freezer that needs to be used. Do you think this recipe would work with pork loin?


  42. #
    Tina — September 16, 2013 @ 8:46 am

    I made these this weekend. So delicious and easy! I added some caramelized onions and pickle slices to the sandwiches when I served them – it was a perfect addition. With the leftover roasted garlic, I made the most fantastic mashed potatoes too! This will be added to my regular recipe rotation.


  43. #
    Craig — September 16, 2013 @ 9:08 am

    Made this yesterday and used your curry browned butter to brush on the inside of ciabatta rolls and the toasted them. The combination of the two was ridiculously good! Thanks


  44. #
    Beth @ bethcakes — September 16, 2013 @ 11:12 am

    Oh man. I know what I SHOULD HAVE made over the weekend and packed in my lunch bag today. Looks incredible!


  45. #
    Robin Sorensen — September 16, 2013 @ 3:18 pm

    Hi, this sounds amazing, but would it still turn out if i cut the recipe in half?

    Thanks, LOVE your recipes and blog :)


  46. #
    Sarah — September 17, 2013 @ 10:05 am

    Sounds delicious! Do you think this would work with pork?


  47. #
    Carolyn Holdsworth — September 18, 2013 @ 7:48 am

    I just made this and it was excellent! I only had one head of garlic on hand, but it was plenty and still garlicy – yum! I used a dark beer (that’s what I had) and it was awesome. Only change I made is that i added a bit more of all the spices before I did the 30 minute low cook. Go make this now – it’s fantastic!


  48. #
    joeinvegas — September 18, 2013 @ 7:13 pm

    beef + brown sugar + garlic + beer – sounds interesting. Perhaps I’ll try this with pork instead. Thanks


  49. #
    Alicia — September 21, 2013 @ 5:39 pm

    Made these for dinner tonight and they were AMAZING! My husband and I absolutely loved them!


  50. #
    Slow Cooker Chef — September 24, 2013 @ 2:46 pm

    What a great sounding and looking recipe. I’m hungry all of the sudden! Love your passion for food, it really shines through on your site here. Good work!



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